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Becky's Best Bungalow Bets for the Week of June 5, 2021: 7 up + Multiple Offer Blues?

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Hello BBBB Friends:

It’s a great day to look at houses! I am featuring seven new listings today and not a bungalow among them. Additionally, I have several price changes, and a bunch of new contracts and final sales to report for homes that are Still on My List. See which properties are potentially off your list by scrolling down to see all of the changes.

BY THE NUMBERS & MULTIPLE OFFER GUIDANCE
With folks heading out for vacations, the competition for the newest listings is bound to decrease somewhat but multiple offers will still be di riguer for homes priced fairly and in good condition. Looking back at May sales, fifty-four percent (54%) went under contract within the first seven (days) compared to forty-one percent (41%) in April. The average sold-to-list price averages were consistent. Buyers paid an average of 2% over the list price for homes going under contract in the first seven (7) days. Note that in each time block, however, there were over-list price sales indicating the multiple offer scenario is not limited to only the newest listings. May’s award for the highest over-ask sale went to 211 E 22nd St, a 1940’s farmhouse that backs up to Halbert Park that sold for $115,100 over list price, a whopping 123%🤯!

SOLD TO LIST PRICE RATIO ANALYSIS-May 2021

DAYS ON MARKETALL0-78-3030+
HOMES SOLD118642727
AVERAGE SALES PRICE/LIST PRICE RATIO (SP/LP)1.001.02.98.98
SP/LP RANGE.92-1.23.95-1.23.92-1.02.93-1.06
The table represents Heights single-family home sales in May 2021. There is an average 30 day lag between contract and sales date so consider that many of the sales represented here went under contract in April 2021.

Something to keep in mind in a hot real estate market is that the highest offer doesn’t always get the house. Here are 5 reasons your higher offer may not win:

  1. Cash is king. A home purchased with cash can close more quickly and without an appraisal.
  2. Pre-approval vs pre-qualification letter. A pre-approval confirms that a buyer is ready to purchase within a set price range and that assets and income have been verified. A pre-qualification relies on self-reporting by the buyer.
  3. Closing-date flexibility. Some sellers want to close quickly while others need more time to move or perhaps the home they want to buy may not be ready. A seller’s leaseback can offer the best of both with a quicker close plus more time for the seller to be ready to move. The amount the seller pays for the leaseback is negotiable and in a multiple offer situation, may be zero.
  4. Contingencies waived or limited. The most common contingencies are inspections, financing and appraisal. I don’t recommend waiving inspections, but financing and appraisal contingencies can be managed.
  5. Letter from buyers to sellers. A well-written letter can influence a seller’s decision. Be careful not to add details that can open up the seller to claims of fair housing discrimination. Fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on religion, race, or familial status.

Let’s go look at houses and talk about selling yours!!!
Becky


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The Week’s Featured Properties

Presented by Area Texas Realty

1003 E 14th St: $595,000

  • Norhill Historic District
  • Ranch style c. 1953
  • 2/2, 1227 sq ft on 5000 sq ft lot
  • Recent to-the-studs renovation
  • Front and side yards for green space
  • Driveway access 2 car attached garage☂️
  • Curbed streets provide additional parking
  • Zoned to Field Elementary

Built after 1940, this home is not a contributing structure in the Norhill Historic District but is subject to Norhill deed restrictions. Prior to the renovation, this was a classic 50’s ranch-style home with wood paneling and an authentic pink-tiled bathroom.

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Presented by Keller Williams Metro

710 E 25th St: $625,000

  • Sunset Heights
  • Craftsman influenced c. 2012 by Mazzarino Construction
  • 3/2/1, 2479 sq ft on 3000 sq ft lot
  • Very nice woodwork and trim package
  • Large game room
  • Covered back porch and small yard
  • Front-loading 2 car attached garage
  • Driveway parking for 2 vehicles
  • Zoned to Field Elementary

The front-loading garage is the answer to having back yard space on a smaller lot without alley access.

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Presented by Greenwood King

927 Louise: $650,000

  • Pineridge
  • Farmhouse-inspired c. 2017 by Southern Green Builders
  • 3/3/1, 2546 q ft on 3334 sq ft lot
  • Recent construction
  • All bedrooms up with ensuite baths
  • Game room
  • Covered back patio plus small green space
  • Front-loading 2 car attached garage
  • Curbed street provides additional parking
  • Zoned to Field Elementary

Located on a charming block of the Pineridge subdivision south of Sunset Heights that features a combination of new construction and original early-20th century homes. 

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Presented by Gary Green Better Homes and Gardens

528 Threlkeld: $840,000

  • Usener subdivision (south of White Oak)
  • Contemporary/Modern c. 2014 by Arnold Bldrs
  • 4/3/1, 3441 sq ft on 2375 sq ft lot
  • Elevator ready
  • Chef’s kitchen with Thermador appliances
  • Primary bedroom featuring a balcony and huge closet
  • 3rd-floor game room w/balcony
  • Covered back porch & water feature
  • Front-loading 2 car attached garage
  • Curbed street provides additional parking
  • Zoned to Harvard Elementary

High-end finishes throughout this home including custom draperies. While there is no green space to speak of, the large 3rd story balcony has downtown views and has a gas hookup for a grill.

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Presented by New Leaf Real Estate

815 Nicholson: $974,500

  • Houston Heights
  • Charleston-inspired,  c. 2015 by Pearl Developments
  • 3/3/1, 3383 sq ft on 2366 ft lot
  • Open concept living on 2nd floor
  • Elevator ❤️ 
  • Bricked patio area
  • Front-entry 2 car garage
  • Additional driveway parking
  • Zoned to Love Elementary

The sister home at 813 Nicholson just sold in April after 17 days on market. A key difference is that this home has an elevator installed. I’m not usually a fan of homes with the primary bedroom on the third floor, but the elevator is a game-changer. The second-floor balcony provides a birds-eye view of the Hike and Bike Trail which runs directly in front of the home.

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Presented by Boulevard Realty

712 E 24th St: $1,079,900

  • Sunset Heights
  • Modern Farmhouse c. 2018 by Modern Heights Homes
  • 3/3/1, 3272 sq ft on 4500 sq ft lot
  • The great room has 12′ ceilings (otherwise 10′ ceilings down)
  • Office or 4th bedroom down w/ full bath
  • Huge master suite
  • 5″ white oak hardwoods throughout
  • Wrap around back porch
  • Small landscaped green space w/ flagstone patio
  • Alley access to 2 car attached garage ❤️☂️
  • Paved street for additional parking
  • Zoned to Field Elementary

First impression? Windows. Lots of windows, including several sets of french doors off the family room.

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Presented by Circa Real Estate

1022 E 6th 1/2 St: $1,375,000

  • Norhill
  • Craftsman c. 2008 by Allegro Bldrs
  • 4/3/2, 3729 sq ft on 6600 sq ft lot
  • Craftsman-style interior downstairs with stained wood trim
  • Chef’s kitchen
  • Screened-in back porch❤️
  • Back yard with pool potential
  • Porte cochere with door into kitchen☂️
  • Unfinished garage APT (air-conditioned space)
  • Driveway access with auto-gate to 2 car detached garage
  • Curbed street provides additional parking
  • Zoned to Travis Elementary

This block is arguably one of the nicest in the Heights with high-end new and recent construction and charming bungalows. A curbed and guttered street always a plus.

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This Week’s Price Reductions & Status Updates

Presented by Compass Realty

PRICE REDUCED

429 W 21st St: $699,900 was $734,000

  • Houston Heights
  • Victorian c. 2003 by Renwick Homes
  • 3/3/1, 3004 sq ft on 3500 sq ft lot
  • Two primary suites up, 1 secondary bedroom down w/full bath
  • Office or 4th bedroom
  • Screened-in balcony ❤️
  • Combination cocktail POOL and hot tub
  • Alley access to 2 car detached garage
  • Pad parking in front
  • Zoned to Helms Elementary

With a walk score of 89, most errands can be done on foot including grocery shopping, dining, and shopping. The hike and bike trail is also just steps away.

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Presented by Compass RE

PRICE REDUCED

617 Oxford: $775,000 was $820,000

  • Houston Heights
  • Pediment bungalow c. 1920
  • 1/2, 2372 sq ft on 6600 sq ft lot
  • Expanded/renovated in 2015-2016
  • Primary suite with 21′ exposed ceiling
  • Full guest bath
  • Over 900 sq ft of studio space
  • Murphy bed and sink in the studio
  • Greenhouse
  • Landscaped back yard with mature vegetation and trees
  • Driveway parking and
  • Pad parking in front
  • Zoned to Harvard Elementary

So many unique homes in the Heights and this is a great example. It is the perfect home for an artist or anyone needing studio space. It could also be modified to provide additional bedrooms.

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Presented by the Kossev Group

OPTION PENDING

812 W 13th St: $499,000

  • Houston Heights
  • Queen Anne bungalow c. 1930
  • 2/2, 984 sq ft on 4356 sq ft lot
  • Original List Price: $499,000
  • Days on Market: 4

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Presented by IndyQuest Properties

OPTION PENDING

339 W 16th St: $799,000

  • Houston Heights
  • Colonial Revival c. 2013 by Sullivan Builders
  • 3/2/1, 2284 sq ft on 3400 sq ft lot
  • Original List Price: $799,000
  • Days on Market: 3

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Presented by Compass RE Texas

OPTION PENDING

1015 Allston: $1,045,000

  • Houston Heights
  • Colonial Revival c. 2017 by SquareStone Homes
  • 3/3/1, 3180 sq ft on 3300 sq ft lot
  • Original List Price: $1,045,000
  • Days on Market: 7

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Presented by Norhill Realty

OPTION PENDING

302 E 24th St: $1,050,000

  • Sunset Heights
  • Craftsman Bungalow c.1910
  • 3/3, 2800 sq ft on 9000 sq ft lot
  • Original List Price: $1,050,000
  • Days on Market: 63

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Going, Going Gone!

Presented by Greenwood King Properties

SOLD

117 Munford: $506,500

  • Milroy Place
  • Craftsman Bungalow c. 1920
  • 2/1, 971 sq ft on 5200 sq ft lot
  • Price at Time of Contract:  $475,000
  • List to Sell Ratio: 107%
  • Original List Price:  $475,000
  • Days on Market:  4

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Image 1103 Walling
Presented by Boulevard Realty

SOLD

1103 Walling: $619,000

  • Norhill Historic District
  • Craftsman bungalow c.1930
  • 2/1, 1206 sq ft on 5000 sq ft lot
  • Price at Time of Contract:  $599,000
  • List to Sell Ratio: 103%
  • Original List Price:  $599,000
  • Days on Market:  7
  • Seller Contribution to Closing Costs: $9,000

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Presented by Martha Turner Sotheby’s

SOLD

714 Ralfallen: $780,000

  • Ridgewood
  • Craftsman bungalow c.1929
  • 4/2, 1917 sq ft on 5000 sq ft lot
  • Price at Time of Contract:  750,000
  • List to Sell Ratio: 104%
  • Original List Price:  $750,000
  • Days on Market:  3
  • Seller Contribution to Closing Costs: $3,500

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Presented by RE/MAX

SOLD

1112 W Cottage: $843,000

  • Norhill Historic District
  • Craftsman bungalow c. 1930
  • 4/2/1, 2220 sq ft on 5000 sq ft lot
  • Price at Time of Contract:  $875,000
  • List to Sell Ratio: 96%
  • Original List Price:  $875,000
  • Days on Market:  25

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707 Euclid
Presented by Compass Realty

SOLD

707 Euclid: $925,000

  • Woodland Heights Historic District
  • Skirted Craftsman bungalow circa 1920
  • 3/2, 1768 sq ft on 5000 sq ft lot
  • Price at Time of Contract:  $850,000
  • List to Sell Ratio: 109%
  • Original List Price:  $850,000
  • Days on Market:  4

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Image 721 E 17th
Presented by Compass

SOLD

721 E 17th St: $1,030,000

  • Pinelawn
  • Modern Craftsman c. 2011 by T&W Builders
  • 4/2/1, 2664 sq ft on 5000 sq ft lot
  • Price at Time of Contract:  $1,089,000
  • List to Sell Ratio: 195%
  • Original List Price:  $1,089,000
  • Days on Market:  11

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Presented by eXp Realty

SOLD

609 E 9th St: $1,525,000

  • Houston Heights
  • Custom Greek Revival built 2001
  • 4/4/1, 4927 sq ft on 9375 sq ft lot
  • Price at Time of Contract:  $1,599,999
  • List to Sell Ratio: 95%
  • Original List Price:  $1,625,000
  • Days on Market:  174

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